Upcycled Restaurant Letter

My dad gave me this A from an old restaurant sign ages ago, originally it has gold and black on the front and the back was covered in plaster and glue. Finally I did something with it! My favourite thing at the moment is my Winsor & Newton Galeria Gesso Primer which is great for using […]

Finished Painting – Freehand Pattern Tree

Finally the Pattern Tree is finished!! Whoop! Managed to complete it in about a week and definitely ruined one brush doing it. Pretty pleased with the results but I would change the middle if I did it again. Ideally the middle tallest branch would be lower down on the canvas so the white pattern could […]

Work in progress – freehand patterns on canvas

Chilled afternoon doing freehand patterns on a large canvas. Its actually quite fun to do it without any planning and just committing to paint straightaway. Its making me really think about each stroke because I want them somewhat symmetric and also want them to fit together as one piece. Its also a fun experiment to […]

Turkish Pomegranate Painting – acrylic on canvas

Still focussing on the Turkish patterns at the moment.  Pomegranates are a common theme in Turkish homes in everything from fabrics, paintings and actual ceramic and plastic pomegranates as table decorations. This was done on a small 15cm x 15cm canvas with acrylics and metallics. I do use metallic paint a lot in my paintings, not sure […]

‘The Flavour of Turkish Coffee’ Painting – from doodle to canvas

So I finally finished the Turkish Coffee painting which started out as a doodle a week or so ago. Overall I’m pleased with how it turned out, I added some extra sections to balance out the shape and symmetry of the design. The canvas is 30cm – 40cm so its definitely one of the biggest […]

Work In Progress – Painted Turkish Coffee Cup Floral Design

  As mentioned in my last post, I decided that I would paint my floral design onto canvas. As usual I only did minimum planning before committing to colours and additional patterns. Despite this I think the colours are working well so far. I will make the tan swirl multicoloured which will hopefully bring the whole piece […]

Flowered Canvas

  I used my final canvas to recreate the flower pattern I used for my sisters goodbye card. As mentioned, its a pretty common pattern in Turkish artwork and especially in ceramics. Already the house out here in Cyprus is filling up with my paintings, all of which have a Turkish theme. Its really made […]